Welcome to Cranfield’s PhD programme
The Cranfield PhD has an international reputation for quality and academic excellence. Distinguished by a well-structured and rigorous research training programme that ensures researchers make rapid progress, our highly respected PhD programme was rated as 'world leading' in terms of scale, resourcing and quality assurance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) undertaken by HEFCE.
Cranfield's approach is unique. We enjoy unparalleled links with business and commerce and a reputation for applying theory to real business issues. Our PhD will enable you to shape the management knowledge of the future as well as make significant strides in your career.
Join Cranfield and you will find a high quality research community of some 60 international PhD researchers that provides a friendly, supportive environment and many opportunities for personal development. Training will be provided in academic writing and presenting your research; additionally, you will be actively encouraged to attend international conferences and to study overseas, for which appropriate funding will be provided. Opportunities may also arise for occasional teaching within the School.
There is also the possibility of studying part-time. Unlike many other leading international business schools we offer a 6-year part-time programme which has distinct advantages for researchers who wish to continue working whilst studying for their PhD.
Please visit our pages, read our alumni's and current researchers' testimonials and contact us if you would like further information.
Professor David Denyer
Director, PhD Programme
|Important changes to the PhD programme:
Please note that the doctoral pages are undergoing a re-design and will shortly reflect changes to the PhD programme starting 30th September 2013.
- The new web pages will include details of the doctoral Core Research Methods Training Programme, which is compulsory for full-time and part-time researchers. This will be delivered over eight one week blocks (7 weeks in year one and one week at the start of year two for full time researchers; four weeks in both years one and year two for part time researchers). Please refer to the ‘Core Research Methods Training Programme’ section for the dates of these weeks in 2013 and 2014..
- The School has a two-stage application process, which is described in full in the ‘How to Apply’ section. Please adhere to the deadlines for research proposal submission and, if you are shortlisted, submission of the University application form, to ensure you can be considered in time for the next programme starting on 30th September 2013. This is particularly important if you are seeking a bursary (applies to full-time study only)
Note: application to the full-time programme from candidates seeking full or partial funding is now closed. However, self-funded full or part time applicants may still apply (deadline of 31st May for formal, 2nd stage, application).
"Cranfield exceeded my expectations by providing world-class research education and a structured programme that offers both challenge and support – a thoroughly professional organisation with the needs of students, educators and businesses clearly in its sights."
Dr Robert Galavan, PhD alumnus